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For both, drugs represent something that may help them escape their worlds. He takes drugs to dull his dissatisfaction with himself. She views drugs as a possible way to better her life, even though she knows her brother's foray into that trade landed him in jail. Bleakly filmed and well told, Half Nelson soars because of the immaculate acting by Gosling and Epps. With his impish smile, Gosling provides a character that is at once disarming, alluring, and pitiful. As the young girl who's already seen too much hardship in her life, Epps plays her part with just the right amount of hardened raw emotion. While the ambiguous ending may not please fans weaned on happy Hollywood finales, it's a fitting and believable close to a thought-provoking film. --Jae-Ha Kim
Spoiler Alert: I thought the story needed a tragic ending (either the girl or Gosling dying), but as in many of Gosling's films it seems, the ending is again a talking point. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Tim
Strange film that never goes anywhere. Disappointed as it had the basis for a good story and in the end drifts into nothingnessPublished 1 month ago by MR I SINCLAIR
so boring and slow!!!
Don't bother wasting your time with this movie
This is both a wonderful and powerful film (but not if you're expecting the usual blockbuster).
The performances by Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps are beautifully understated. Read more
A very real, poignant, gritty and tremendously powerful message. I felt connected to Gosling's character and his struggle to feed his demons while remaining true to his humanistic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ms M M Banister
If you like slow, semi-boring, long drawn out urban films then this is the one for you! I made it half way then decided it might be more exciting to go to sleep. Good luck.Published 3 months ago by CJ
Film-maker Ryan Fleck’s 2006 Brooklyn-set drama follows in a long line of similar (‘gritty’) tales of dysfunctional and disaffected members of modern urban communities, but whilst... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Keith M
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